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Head of Libyan HCS: Elections cannot be held without the consent of all parties

Dabaiba's statements ignite turmoil among militias in Libya

The head of the Libyan High Council of State (HCS), Khaled Al-Mashri, confirmed that the country is witnessing a pivotal stage, noting that the riots that take place on Tuesday in Tripoli, are tragic.

He added that the national unity government headed by Abdel Hamid Diba could not hold elections. He also said that elections cannot be held without the consent of all Libyan parties.

Al-Mashri stressed that the solution in Libya can be achieved by consensus on a constitutional basis and a neutral mini-government, pointing out that if this happens, Dabaiba will accept the handover of power.

It is noteworthy that tension escalated on Tuesday in Libya after Prime Minister-designate Fathi Bashagha and members of his government were forced to leave the capital, Tripoli, hours after he entered it after armed clashes erupted between militias loyal to him and others loyal to the government of Abdel Hamid Dabaiba.

Calm returned to Tripoli, following the outbreak of armed clashes between militias supporting the Government of National Unity headed by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, and others supporting the Prime Minister-designate of Parliament, Fathi Bashagha, hours after the latter arrived in the city to start his government’s work, which caused human and material losses and the disruption of educational institutions.

On the other hand, Dabaiba held Bashagha and the armed groups loyal to him responsible for the destruction and losses caused to public and private properties and directed all security and military agencies to deal severely with anyone who threatens the security of citizens, considering that those who commit these actions cannot be a party to any dialogue or political agreement.

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